Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/25/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Romance
Mercenary. Gun for hire. Soldier of fortune. That’s Conrad Dane. Maybe he hasn’t always done things the right way in his life, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. And sometimes, it takes doing the wrong thing, to get the right results. These days, he’s backing out of the underworld, taking more jobs in the open in personal protection. He’s contracted to protect a rising politician and gets more than he expected. Not from bad guys, but from the politician’s son, Lucas.
Lucas likes the good guys, both in his favorite comic book superheroes and the men he forges relationships with. Conrad isn’t the kind of man he goes for, but that’s not stopping Lucas from being drawn to him, wanting to be closer to him.
Conrad and Lucas can’t deny their attraction toward each other. When someone targeting Lucas’s father pulls Lucas into danger as well, Conrad will do whatever it takes to keep Lucas safe.
When someone says mercenary I picture hard-core and unrelenting – Conrad is a mercenary but he is definitely on the softer side and I had to wonder how he didn’t end up dead. He was cocky and dare I say arrogant about himself and his skills but he is a huge hit along with a heavy dose of insta lust when he is introduced to Lucas.
Lucas finds himself in danger as his father, a well-known businessman and aspiring politician, has attracted the wrong kind of attention and has a hitman on his tail. He hires Conrad for some added security and muscle but it’s the son and not the father that catches Conrad’s eye and things go from zero to off the page hot pretty quickly!
The chemistry between Conrad and Lucas is off the charts – that part of the story was both enjoyable and believable. The mystery fell a bit flat for me as I worked out very quickly who the bad guy was and what his true intentions were and it was unbelievable that no one involved worked it all out earlier.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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